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What is included in the placement expenses?

One of our goals in to make the experience of volunteering as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. So we aim to keep our costs as low as we can. The fees cover all workshops, training, transport from the airport, homestay accommodation and 2 meals a day Sunday pm – Friday am and 24 hour support. You’ll need to factor in finances for flights, visas, insurance and jabs too.  All the SLV team were once students or recent graduates, so we know you’re not made of money!

 4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks8 Weeks10 Weeks12 Weeks
Mental Health Placement / Level 1
Includes Field trips & Workshops
£ 1050£ 1400£ 1450£ 1500£ 1750£ 1900
Graduate Mental Health Placement
Includes Field trips & Workshops

Not available

£ 1900
Bali Mental Health Placement
£ 1600

Not available

The SLV team welcome participants from around the world. Here are the most up-to-date prices for international applicants.

 4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks8 Weeks10 Weeks12 Weeks
Mental Health / Level 1 Placement
Includes Field trips & Workshops
£ 1050
$ 1590
€ 1350
$ 1995 AUD
£ 1400
$ 2120
€ 1790
$ 2660 AUD
£ 1450
$ 2200
€ 1860
$ 2755 AUD
£ 1500
$ 2270
€ 1920
$ 2850 AUD
£ 1750
$ 2650
€ 2240
$ 3320 AUD
£ 1900
$ 2880
€ 2430
$ 3610 AUD
Graduate Mental Health Placement
Includes Field trips & Workshops

Not available

£ 1900
$ 2880
€ 2430
$ 3610 AUD
Bali Mental Health Placement£ 1600

Not available

*all prices are approximations and volunteers will be invoiced in GBP at the current exchange rate

How does SLV keep prices low?

  • We are lucky enough that people recommend us. Over 70% of all volunteers hear about us through word of mouth, so our advertising costs are low.
  • All UK assistant coordinators are volunteers
  • You stay with local families who cook locally sourced food.
  • SLV receives support from other organisations, for example the NYSC in Sri Lanka, to provide training and facilities
  • We do employ people from Sri Lanka and the UK to support volunteers, because, although affordability is important to us, we know how essential top-quality training and support is to all our volunteers

To find out more about where your placement fees go click here. 

How much spending money do volunteers need?

We always advise our volunteers to ‘live like a local’ by using public transport and eating local food. You’re in Sri Lanka! You can eat burgers at home. Local living is not only much cheaper than using taxis and eating at tourist hotels, it also enhances volunteers’ experiences of the real communities they are in. As a bonus, you’ll be putting money into the local economies rather than into the big hotels and tour operators.

Spending money during the week: £10 – £12

This will cover daily: lunch or rice and curry (50p – £1), bus ride to projects (8-20p each way), 1.5L water (70p).

Spending money at weekends: £35 – £65

Volunteers spend their weekends travelling the incredible Sri Lankan landscape and the good news is that doing this is fairly inexpensive, but if you want to splurge and indulge in some luxury those options are plentiful as well.

Less than £50 will cover: Beach guesthouse, for 2 sharing: approx £5 each per night. Western food is a bit pricier £5 per person (You can find cheaper or much more expensive food if you wish!) The A/C Highway Bus from the SLV base to the beach: £2.50.

Why pay to volunteer abroad?

The way we see it, you’re not actually paying to volunteer, as the money goes towards food, accommodation, around the clock support from our Sri Lankan and national team, plus all the training and support. Going away with a team also affords you the chance to share the experience with a group of volunteers.

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